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ERIC Number: ED407863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Medium of Instruction in the L2 Classroom.
Danhua, Wei
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, v15 p21-29 1995
Issues concerning the language of instruction used in teaching English to native speakers of Chinese, particularly adolescents, are discussed. The discussion draws on research in two areas: the role of language medium in the acquisition of concepts, and psycholinguistic differences between Chinese and English. It is concluded that while the intralingual activities of the language classroom create or simulate a second-language environment, encouraging learner thinking in the second language and providing opportunities for proficiency development, use of both languages can be helpful in achieving intralingual proficiency. The learner works from a reference base in the first language, and can use it to adjust to the second language. In the Chinese context, the native language can be used to present syllabus content, especially when complex psycholinguistics processes are an issue, so the learner may use his existing skill to interpret an item that is exotic to him. However, use of the first language should otherwise be restricted and allowed only as a bridge for acquiring the second language, not as a substitute or equivalent for the target language. Contains 4 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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